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Lucy (Kristen Bell) from Assassin's Creed

Lucy (Kristen Bell) from Assassin’s Creed

It’s May 2011, the E3 Expo is coming and there’s barely half a year left till the holiday season of 2011… and that can only mean one thing: Lots of game titles to look for. As mentioned in our welcome post, we anticipate that we’ll be hearing plenty about new games at the E3 event next week (Held between June 7 to 9): Studios who have already announced their games will be sure to parade new features and reveal or tease gameplay details (like Ubisoft is currently doing with Assassin’s Creed Revelations) but we might also see new game titles being announced as ‘surprises’.

Games Per Second will be keeping you informed of the latest game titles and game news all year round, but here’s a brief list of games we have compiled that are worth looking forward to. We’ll be announcing updates to this list as new games that are noteworthy get rolled out. And these are cross-platform titles too, which mean you can look forward to enjoying them regardless if you have a PC, Playstation or Xbox:

  • Driver: San Francisco (August 30)
    As implied by the name, this Ubisoft-published title is a racing game that’s set in San Francisco with an action story that reminds us slightly (just slightly… cars, guns and police car chases) of the Fast and Furious series. And since Driver: San Francisco is going to be released as a sequel, the story is supposedly a followup to the original “Driv3r” released some seven years ago in 2004 (they’re probably going to have some cutscenes and flashbacks to bring those with bad memory, or never played the original game before, back up to speed with the storyline).
  • The Darkness 2 (October 4)
    A horror first person shooter that’s a sequel to “The Darkness”. This should be something new for PC gamers since the original game was only released on the Xbox and Playstation platforms.
  • Batman: Arkham City (October 18)
    Yes, it’s the third sequel we’re mentioning in a row… Batman: Arkham City is set after Batman: Arkham Asylum when the asylum was messed up by the attempted breakout by Joker and gang… so the folks at Gotham City decided to relocate the ‘prison’ to a section of the city (how brilliant! /sarcasm). Don’t let the ‘Batman’ name fool you because this ain’t a game for small kids or a crappy movie-to-video game adaptation… because it’s not. Should be fun…
  • Need for Speed: The Run (November 15)
    It doesn’t come as a surprise that Electronic Arts is giving the car lovers in us, our annual dosage of Need For Speed. Need For Speed: The Run puts us back to a storyline-based NFS title, after three Need for Speed titles devoid of any story (Shift 1, Shift 2 and NFS Hot Pursuit). Few details are currently known about the game and its story, but instinct tells us Need For Speed might use something that’s inspired by the Fast and Furious movies, and maybe a tinge of Driver: San Francisco, in The Run’s story. NFS: The Run will also run on DICE’s Frostbite Engine game engine (which has only been used on first-person shooter titles like Bad Company 2 so far), so that should provide PC gamers with an interesting (hopefully good or mind blowing) graphics experience
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (November 15)
    This final chapter to Ezio Auditore’s story will be what many claim to be the largest and most comprehensive Assassin’s Creed title yet, as you’ll get to play as Desmond Miles, Altair and Ezio all in one game! Hopefully it is revealed Lucy (aka Kristen Bell) doesn’t really die when Desmond stabbed her at the end of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and hopefully this won’t be the last of the Assassin’s Creed series as a whole, though if it isn’t,  a break with no Assassin’s Creed title in 2012 would be nice to prevent the series from suffering brand fatigue, and give the Ubisoft team maybe some time to develop a better graphics engine or something just as nice.
    Currently unknown is whether Ubisoft will screw over PC gamers again by waiting three to five months after Playstation and Xbox gamers till ‘next spring’ to play the game, but since they’ve already done that for the past three Assassin’s Creed games, such a deliberate delay for the PC platform would not come as a surprise.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (November 8 )
    Modern Warfare 3 is a sequel to Modern Warfare 2, which is a sequel to the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which started it all in 2007. Modern Warfare 3 looks to be ‘just another Call of Duty‘, which doesn’t come as a surprise since Activision appears to have their sights set on milking as much money as possible out of the Call of Duty series. Still, we might see them announce a surprise or two (maybe) at E3 2011 but I wouldn’t hold your breath if I were you.
  • Battlefield 3 (November)
    This Call of Duty-fighter/competitor is going to go head to head against Modern Warfare 3 this year as a first-person shooter set in some time around ‘present day’ with modern/urban warfare and environments… and hopefully it will encourage ‘Team Modern Warfare’ to get cracking at the drawing board to make Call of Duty as awesome as possible. EA (Battlefield 3’s maker) is going all out in promoting BF3 as a game that blends form and function (AKA beautiful graphics and good gameplay). So far, there hasn’t been an exact launch date announced for Battlefield 3 other than ‘November 2011’, but with three big game titles (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Need for Speed: The Run) booking up two timeslots in the month of November, we suspect the game will either be released on November 1 or November 22. Though if EA is feeling ‘gung ho’, they could release it on the same day as Activision comes out with their competing Modern Warfare 3, November 15th!

And that wraps up our little article of games to watch for in 2011. Look forward to more game news coverage and some game reviews coming soon!

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